Celebrating what is heralded as the most beautiful city in Germany, this guide captures the unique charm, warm character, and Mediterranean “joie de vivre” of Munich, gracefully counterbalancing the bustling industry of its international businesses. Delving into its place in the heart of Europe, this travel companion shows how the metropolis has been the focal point of Bavaria and beyond ever since its modest beginnings in the 12th century. The city’s role as a major center of the arts and sciences throughout its history is explored, and the current collections at the three Pinakothek galleries are investigated, spanning eight centuries of artistic activity right up to the present day. The Deutsches Museum, one of the best museums of its kind in the world, is also showcased along with its successful hands-on approach to science and technology that has been attracting visitors for more than a century. Famous buildings, priceless art treasures, and an array of magnificent museums are offered as well as details on local festivals, from the Hofbräuhaus to the annual Oktoberfest, the latter of which has made the city the world capital of beer and famous across the globe. The natives’ pride and pleasure in their traditional cuisine is hailed along with the importance they place upon their culture, upholding ancient customs, and enthusiastically embracing new ideas. Beautifully photographed, this handbook displays the Bavariac capital in its full diversity, commenting on the man behind the famous Englischer Garten, Count Rumford, and the Bohemia of Schwabing at the turn of the 19th century.
About the Author
Martin Siepmann is a freelance photographer and the author of many illustrated books on regional and international destinations. He has had his work published in numerous books on regional and international travel as well as in magazine reports and calendars. Christine Metzger is a writer and editor who specializes in the United States as well as her home of Munich.